Auburn University to honor Lauren Bush Lauren, Tim and Kim Hudson at 24th Annual International Quality of Life Awards

Published: November 09, 2017
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The College of Human Sciences at Auburn University will honor FEED co-founder and CEO Lauren Bush Lauren and former Major League Baseball player Tim Hudson and his wife Kim, both notable philanthropists, at the 24th Annual International Quality of Life Awards on Monday, Dec. 4, at the United Nations in New York City.

The college launched the awards program in 1994 to recognize people and partnerships that have made significant and lasting contributions to individual, family and community well-being locally and around the world.

Roger Thurow, former Wall Street Journal foreign correspondent and author, will present the IQLA Laureate Award to Lauren.

“Lauren Bush Lauren is a leading figure of her generation,” said June Henton, dean of the College of Human Sciences. “Her entrepreneurial genius, strength of character and commitment to bettering the lives of others serves as an inspiration to all.”

Lauren launched FEED in 2007 as a social enterprise to combat global hunger through the sale of high quality, sustainable jewelry, clothing and accessories. In the past 10 years, FEED has provided 100 million meals to school children and others in need.

Philanthropist and retired Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Glavine and his wife Chris, devotees for CURE Childhood Cancer, will present the Lifetime Achievement Award to the Hudsons. Both Tom and Tim spent part of their respective careers with the Atlanta Braves.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is given by the college to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Auburn University, the state of Alabama and beyond.

Tim and Kim Hudson co-founded the Hudson Family Foundation in 2009, which is committed to making a positive and lasting impact in the lives of children who have a genuine need for assistance to a specific physical, emotional or financial circumstance. The Hudsons also helped establish the College of Human Sciences Volunteers in Philanthropy initiative to promote student leadership education and community service.

Tim recently retired from Major League Baseball after 17 seasons that spanned career stops with the Oakland Athletics, Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants. Kim has been an advocate for children, providing leadership and support for numerous charities such as Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Make-A-Wish Foundation and CURE Childhood Cancer.

Tim and Kim met as students at Auburn. Tim pitched for the Tigers baseball team for two seasons before being drafted by Oakland. Kim earned a bachelor’s degree from Auburn and a Juris Doctorate from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. She currently practices at the Auburn law firm of Davis, Bingham, Hudson & Buckner, P.C.

“Auburn’s own Tim and Kim Hudson have distinguished themselves at the highest levels professionally and have established a legacy of philanthropy,” said Henton. “With a spirit of kindness and humility, they are transforming the lives of children and families in need and serving as mentors for future philanthropists.”

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